The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced a $1.1 million grant to DataKind, a nonprofit that works with NGOs and other mission-driven organizations to collect, analyze, and visualize data.
The grant will support the growth of three DataKind initiatives — DataCorps, a DataKind global chapter network, and in-house data science team — designed to provide important data science resources to social good organizations around the world. DataCorps brings together groups of data scientists to work on a pro-bono basis with mission-driven organizations for six months, with the goal of building their data capacity, promoting data-driven decision-making internally, and increasing their impact through advanced data analytics. With the grant, DataKind hopes to take on DataCorps projects with more than fifty unique nonprofits over the next three years.
The grant also will enable the organization to create nine new chapters in addition to its existing chapters in Bangalore, India; Dublin, Ireland; San Francisco; Singapore; the United Kingdom; and Washington, D.C. In addition, the organization will use the funding to build its first in-house data science team and pilot a service for projects that are too ambitious for a short-term pro-bonoengagement.
"Nonprofits and government increasingly express an interest in harnessing data to increase their impact, but few possess the expertise and resources to do so," said Jon Sotsky, Knight Foundation director for strategy and assessment. "DataKind has emerged as a leader in the data-for-good movement, and we hope investing in their growth will ultimately drive greater effectiveness in the social sector."